Margaret Mahy





Margaret Mahy

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born
in Whakatane, New Zealand
March 21, 1936

died
July 23, 2012

gender
female

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Margaret Mahy was a well-known New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. While the plots of many of her books have strong supernatural elements, her writing concentrates on the themes of human relationships and growing up.

Her books The Haunting and The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance both received the Carnegie Medal of the British Library Association. She wrote written a little less than 50 novels, including the recent Alchemy in 2002. Among her children's books, A Lion in the Meadow and The Seven Chinese Brothers and The Man Whose Mother was a Pirate are considered national classics. Her novels have been translated into German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Japanese, Catalan and Afri...more


Average rating: 3.86 · 10,863 ratings · 1,306 reviews · 225 distinct works · Similar authors
The Changeover
4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,859 ratings — published 1984 — 21 editions
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The Seven Chinese Brothers
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 551 ratings — published 1990 — 10 editions
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The Tricksters
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 456 ratings — published 1986 — 10 editions
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Bubble Trouble
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 397 ratings — published 1992 — 12 editions
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The Haunting (Puffin Books)
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 1982 — 15 editions
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Maddigan's Fantasia
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 366 ratings — published 2006 — 9 editions
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The Catalogue of the Universe
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 284 ratings — published 1985 — 14 editions
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Alchemy
3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 288 ratings — published 2003 — 6 editions
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A Lion In The Meadow
4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 1969 — 7 editions
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Memory
3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 161 ratings — published 1988 — 12 editions
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December 2009, Margaret Mahy
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? MM: Busy,tangled, full of guesswork,excited by ideas SS: What is your motto or maxim? MM: Every grain of sand is a mystery Get more on Margaret Mahy at SimonandSchuster.com..." ...More

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“It changes you for ever, but you are changing for ever anyway.”
Margaret Mahy, The Changeover

“Reading is very creative - it's not just a passive thing. I write a story; it goes out into the world; somebody reads it and, by reading it, completes it.”
Margaret Mahy

“I'm the Beast. You're the Beauty," he said. "It's all a story, isn't it?”
Margaret Mahy, Maddigan's Fantasia

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